théotime langlois de swarte

"Baroque violin-playing of the highest calibre" 
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Passion and eclecticism define Théotime Langlois de Swarte’s choice of repertoire, which ranges from the 17th century to contemporary compositions. He is the first baroque violinist to be nominated at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2020 in the category Revelation soliste instrumental. His concerts have taken him all over the world to prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Shanghai National Art Center, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and, more recently, to the Philharmonie de Paris where he gave a recital on the Davidoff Stradivarius violin, which is kept in the Musée de la Musique. Read full bio

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"Théotime Langlois de Swarte reminds me why I fell in love with Baroque violin in the first place...His playing is joyful; it is wild and beautiful.” 



“These are performances so special that I feel a changed man from listening to them. Buy it, tell all your friends: if you’re lucky, this recording will clamp on to you like a barnacle to a boat. It will infuse your life with joy. It might even make you believe again.”


“France’s rising generation has some promising names.  Topping that list for me is Le Consort founding violinist Theotime Langlois de Swarte….a stunner by any standard.”
The Strad

"An idiomatic performance, with a warmly singing violin line...mesmerizing."
New Yorker


“Period violin playing of outstanding Calibre, characterized throughout by pinpoint accuracy, total purity, clean articulation, sensitive phrasing and a flowing sense of line.”

BBC Music Magazine


“Langlois de Swarte’s ornamentation—swerving, bluesy, capricious—does what so little recorded ornamentation manages to do: it sounds utterly improvised and untethered to ink.”



“This recording of sonatas by Senaillé and the slightly younger Jean-Marie Leclair boasts the most celebrated partner: the Baroque eminence William Christie, who founded the ensemble Les Arts Florissants and joins on harpsichord with graceful restraint. That restraint makes this truly a showcase for Langlois de Swarte, whose sweet, rich sound in these sonatas can be assertive, almost rustic, in fast movements and silky in slow ones, with a tasteful hint of wiry ping. Whatever the tempo, a quintessentially French danciness is paramount, an elegant playfulness that breathes even through Italianate harmonic wanderings: The back end of the Gavotte in Senaillé’s Sonata in D here gets fascinatingly dusky. From the opening Adagio, passionate yet poised, to the ideally spirited Allegro finale, that sonata is a particular highlight of an intimate, stylish album.”

New York Times 

“All the while, Langlois de Swarte is an acrobat of double-stops, joyful arpeggio flicks, G-string kicks and a written-out cadenza of astonishing virtuoso ability. For one acquainted with this particular passage, the apparent ease with which Langlois de Swarte trills with his fourth finger simply defies belief.”


“Overflowing with childlike zest for life and imagination, as if the notes are not written down on paper but are whispered to them on the spot.”

Handelsblad, Joost Galema

“a breathtaking, astonishing disc, and I cannot recommend it too highly.”


“I’m running out of ways to recount his brilliance….Most of all, I’m in awe of his seemingly effortless blend of control and abandon.”


Comments by William Christie about the making of the “Generations” CD with Theotime

“This goes back to the auditions held by Les Ars Florissants a few years ago. A very young violinist in the person of Théotime Langlois de Swarte had made an appearance. It was a decisive moment, because the admiration was unanimous for this young virtuoso entirely absorbed by a passion for early music.”

“Like many young people of his generation, he has a taste for discovery and for the direction of early music.”

“The interactions between Théotime and me happen in an utterly natural way.”

“Théotime brings his own intelligence, enthusiasm, and know-how.”

“There is a certain camaraderie that rules the world of early music: we love this repertoire perhaps more than any other, and we share the spirit of discovery. As a result of this experience, I feel simply rejuvenated. Such is the beauty of music.”